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Questions tagged [computer-science]

On standards or conventions specific to computer science as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Etiquette of applying to current institution

I am a postdoc and am currently applying to tenure-track faculty positions. I am unsure whether or not I should apply to my current institution. On one hand, I would be happy to get a permanent ...
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Does a conference poster count as a publication for PhD application?

I'm preparing a CV and required documents for PhD applications and I've been asked to provide references to publications. I've been wondering if it's appropriate and a good idea to put my student ...
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Transferring Computer Science graduate school

I have been admitted to University of Texas at Dallas for Master's in Computer Science program and have joined in Spring. Although, I want to have second opinion and was wondering if it's possible to ...
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Should I accept the job offers before having the results for my grad schoold admissions?

I currently have a bit of a conundrum - I would like to do a Masters right after undergrad and am currently applying to programs. However, I have several job offers. In case I do not get into the ...
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Will CS programs look favorably on an older applicant who already has a PhD?

Let's say a recent math PhD in his early 30s realizes he's unlikely to land another postdoc after his current one ends, and he decides he really liked being a grad student and he really doesn't want ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of getting a PhD from China? [closed]

A Chinese university has offered me acceptance into its PhD program. This university globally ranks 68th overall and 23rd for Computer Science. Now keeping in mind the image Chinese universities ...
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Why are my submissions not accepted by top conferences, while similar papers from others are accepted?

I'm doing my PhD in computer science. I had a few tries for top rank conferences like IJCAI, CVPR and ICML but my paper was rejected from them and consequently I sent the papers to second tier ...
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How is the applicant's bringing attention to his/her own application viewed if you know nothing about him/her?

Let us assume that a postdoc is applying for a tenure-track faculty position in computer science in an English- or German-speaking country. After submitting the application, the postdoc contacted ...
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Can I post on the Internet a page which summarizes the essential technical contributions of a paywalled article?

This is a follow-on to this question. Suppose I have a collection of research articles, written by other people, and related to a specific topic. Suppose I want to post on the Internet a page which ...
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What does “Application review begins …” practically mean in job ads in computer science in USA?

As opposed to Do they really mean "in all areas" and "will continue to be accepted until..." in Computer Science faculty opening ads in the US? , we sometimes even see a softer ...
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Do they really mean “in all areas” and “will continue to be accepted until…” in Computer Science faculty opening ads in the US?

The following is an extension of the question Job applications reviewed "until the position is filled" (i.e. soft deadline): What does that really mean?. In most US job announcements of ...
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What to do when you found something new, but don’t have motive/application to justify it?

Last year one of my TAs (a Ph.D. scholar) gave a problem to my undergraduate class, I found the problem very interesting and devoted a lot of time to it. Eventually, I developed a model with my TA ...
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Asking for a change in rules to get a MS rather than end the program with no degree [closed]

I am in a weird spot. I have been a PhD student for 1.5 years and in May 2018 it will be 2 full years. I already have an MS in the same subject from another school. I was told recently that I will be ...
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Should I apply for two graduate programs that share faculty members? [closed]

I'm applying for a Ph.D. program in CS at UChicago. There is an independent institute, TTIC, which is an affiliate of UChicago and offers an independent Ph.D. in CS, with almost all of its faculty ...
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Can I upload other peoples old tech reports to ResearchGate?

I have a bunch of old tech reports I copied when a grad student written by other people. I want to throw them out but would rather scan them into ResearchGate first. For example, INRIA tech reports ...
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Waiver for conference registration fee

Usually there are some ACM/IEEE conferences which takes registration fee around 350 to 550 US dollar. For a student, it might not be possible to deposit such amount of money. Under this circumstance,...
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CS conference paper rejected but recommended for conjunct workshop

Earlier this year my paper was rejected for conference A with 3 highly rejects, so I tried to revise it and then submitted it to conference B. This time I still got rejected with 1 weak accept and 2 ...
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Is it reasonable to suggest a PhD thesis topic in an interdisciplinary area in which none of the faculty members specialize?

I think a similar question was answered in PhD Research under guide/advisor of a different department by JeffE. I'm asking a slightly different question. Yet if you find it identical to the above one, ...
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Is conducting research in the field of evolutionary computing/genetic algorithms considered inferior within the CS community? [closed]

I read somewhere online, how one shouldn't show their interest in genetic algorithms to a potential grad school, as its not the 'in' thing in todays CS community, compared to Machine Learning ...
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I have a strong suspicion and weak proof that the data in the paper are fake. What to do?

I reviewed a paper submitted for a smallish magazine. It presented an algorithm to perform some allocation task and compared its performance to that of several other algorithms from the literature ...
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How do I get LOR from a project mentor who's still pursuing PhD since she doesn't have an official email or access to the University letterhead?

I plan to apply for Masters. I am currently working as a research intern at a reputed University in my currently. I was assigned a Ph.D. mentor on joining the project by the Professor. Ph.D. mentor ...
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Submit an extended version of a computer science conference paper to a non-CS journal

I know that CS journals usually accept extended version of a conference paper with some, say 10%, new contents. But is it still true for non-CS journals?
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Are undergrad professors the be-all end-all for MS recommendation letters?

I am applying to several MS programs in computer science. I graduated last year with a bachelor's in physics and a CS minor. So far, two of my recommenders are: The professor I did research with in a ...
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How to tell a Prof you are no longer applying to a PhD program at his university?

I am about to apply to Computer Science PhD programs to start Fall 2018. In the process of researching programs I have met with many Profs in fields I was interested in to (a) learn more about their ...
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Can a professor teach mathematics and computer science?

I assume this is nearly impossible in a university with separate math and computer-science departments, due to the way funding works (correct me if I'm wrong). However, I've heard that some small ...
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In computer science, is omission of negative experimental evaluation results research misconduct?

In computer science, a large portion of people develop algorithms, and demonstrate their effectiveness by running experiments to compare with other existing approaches in their research papers. In ...
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How do I explain my poor grade to a grad school committee? [duplicate]

I'm an Indian student in my 2nd year and I have a subpar(6/10) grade, but that's just because of the school I'm in currently. I've been a straight A student before university all my life. I'm pretty ...
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Likelihood of being accepted to MA in social sciences with a BSc in Computer Science? [duplicate]

I am close to finishing my BSc degree in Computer Science with Management. I don't have anything to show for it but I've always been interested in the social sciences. I would like to bring my ...
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How likely is it to get into grad school with many W's and an F on your transcript given you have medical documents that give reason for your grades? [duplicate]

I currently have a 3.47 GPA at Georgia Tech in Computer Science. I have already withdrew from 6 classes but 4 of those were from a semester I got hospitalized. I'm failing a class right now but I may ...
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Do I need to go to grad school to make the largest potential impact on the field I’m interested in? [closed]

I have a dilemma of deciding between grad school and industry. My undergraduate major is actually unrelated to what I want to do yet useful for everything these days. I want to learn about the scope ...
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Conference organizer pushes to Journal instead of Conference Proceedings

Recently a paper was submitted to ICIMP 2018(will be held at Imperial College London - South Kensington Campus, London, UK during Jan. 12-14, 2018 .). Organizer told that the paper is accepted ...
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How much code in a computer science thesis? [closed]

I'm working in software development and plan to start a part-time masters degree. I've read in some places that a thesis shouldn't have much code and should use pseudo-code instead. Then on other ...
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asking for CS coauthor as an undergraduate

I've been working on a project with a graduate student in my lab for the past month and a half. I spend about 20 hours a week on the project. I implemented a part of our algorithm, wrote part of the ...
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Algorithm plagarism?

Say I watch some YouTube videos to learn merge sort, and during the lesson the code for merge sort is shown and explained, if after this I write my own program and use the merge-sort algorithm I ...
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Can an academic paper use a fictional world (such as the show Westworld) as a case study for AI, software engineering, and system implementation?

I'm writing two academic papers currently, and have discovered the point where things get absurd and I need something that is lighter and more enjoyable - the kind of feeling that spawned The Journal ...
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When is it acceptable to report classmates who cheat on an exam? [duplicate]

So for one of my computer science classes, we have a WhatsApp chat among all students in the class to network and help each other out with questions regarding homework, or if we have any confusion on ...
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How to find a university without min. GPA & GRE score requirement for Master degree [closed]

I am an international student who is able to self-finance his master degree education in the US. I looked at a relatively big number of schools that offer a master degree in software engineering and ...
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How to know if I would like CS research? [closed]

I am thinking strongly about going back to school to get a master's in computer science (machine learning) and possibly continuing from there to a PhD. Before I start the master's I'll need to do a ...
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Is it advisable to get a recommendation letter from industry for a Masters program in Computer Science in the US? [closed]

Most US colleges require three letters of recommendation from prospective Masters students. There are two professors that I have worked with extensively in my institute, and I am sure that they can ...
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“scholarly activities” vs. “research activities” in Australia for the purpose of applying to a lecturer position

For the purpose of applying for a lecturer position in Australia in computer science (CS), what are "research activities" and "scholarly activies", and how do they differ? The applicant is asked to ...
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“Contribution to technical achievement” in Australia for the purpose of applying for a Lecturer position

For the purpose of applying for a lecturer position in Australia in computer science, what is actually a "contribution to technical achievement"? This phrase occurs among the selection criteria but ...
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“Professional contribution” in Australia for the purpose of applying for a Lecturer position

For the purpose of applying for a lecturer position in Australia in computer science, what is actually a "professional contribution"? This phrase occurs among the selection criteria but seems to me ...
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Bioinformatics jobs: is experience or education more desirable

I'm a biology postdoc currently working in Data curation for a Bioinformatics institution. I am interested in becoming a Bioinformatician however I have absolutely zero experience both in terms of my ...
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Should I get a Second Bachelors and Masters to Make My PhD as Broad/Interdisciplinary as Possible?

I've currently decided to get a second bachelor's in Statistics over 1.5 years after finishing my first bachelor's in math. Both of these degrees are debt free and follow a passion of mine. The next ...
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How important is the keyword section in a paper

I am writing a computer science paper that has a keywords section that comes directly after the abstract. Currently I have just one keyword in there, how important is that section? Do I have to come ...
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Is it ok as a junior PhD student to review ranked conference papers?

I am a Ph.D. student in computer science and still in my first year. My professor just assigned a review task of a A-ranked conference to me in order to review research papers submitted by original ...
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Can I ask a reference letter from my Operating Systems professor while applying to Machine Learning programme?

I am going to apply for a Computer Science master's programme in the field of Machine Learning or data science, but I asked a professor who taught me a different subject (Operating Systems) for a ...
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Strategy as to when to apply to PhD programs

I'm a master's student in CS at a top-20 school (in the US), in my second year (although it feels like my first year since I had to play catch-up last year and mainly took undergraduate courses). My ...
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How to continue doing research

At present I write my bachelor's thesis in the field of computer science and I really enjoy it. I would like to continue doing research after I'll have finished my thesis. Is there any way to do that ...
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Funding for writing a computer science dissertation

When I look around, most of the funding opportunities in computer science require a PhD to hold. Now, I have finished the courses part of my doctoral school and have a reviewed research proposal. Are ...